The Xiaomi MI 1S and Lenovo A750 smartphones "delivered better user performance and higher usage than ZTE, Huawei and HTC Android devices" and are "more popular than the Samsung Galaxy Note."
Bigger screens lead to greater data usage -- "Samsung Galaxy Note users download three times more data than users with a screen size less than 4 inches," notes Ciqual.
HTC, Huawei and ZTE devices "ranked lower in the device performance analysis than less well-known local Chinese brands, including Xiaomi, Gionee and Yulong."
Now, this study was in China, which is an unusual market in just about every way you can imagine: Between them, Ciqual's user panel members use 249 different Android models from 35 vendors, many of them local players. That, though, provides an amazing market in which Chinese vendors can hone their skills and take their devices into international markets -- some of the less known names of today may be tomorrow's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. or ZTE Corp.
For more details of Ciqual's findings, see Upstarts Outperform Andoid's Big Brands: Study and this Ciqual blog.
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading
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During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.